The driver of a rental truck drove down a occupied bicycle path in New York near the World Trade Center, killing 8 folks and wounding about a dozen others in what officials stated was an “act of terror.”
After crashing the vehicle into a school bus, the suspect exited the truck while exhibiting fake firearms and was shot in the abdomen by law enforcement, based on the NYPD.
The suspect, a 29-year-old man, is in law enforcement custody and was taken to a hospital for treatment, officials stated.
The occurrence is being investigated as terrorism, officials explained. Witnesses noted the suspect was screaming “Allahu Akbar,” based on 4 law enforcement sources. The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force is taking over the head of the investigation.
The statements made by the driver moments after departing the truck and the method of the attack were reliable with other terrorist attacks, New York City Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill stated. Vehicles have been utilized as weapons in a number of terrorist attacks in recent years, which includes in deadly occurrences in Nice, France, and London.
“This was an act of terror, and a particularly cowardly act of terror,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio stated, “aimed at innocent civilians, aimed at people going about their lives who had no idea what was about to hit them.”
The suspect, driving in a Home Depot rental truck, hopped a curb at West Houston Street and drove south on the bike path on the west side of West Side Highway in Lower Manhattan for quite a few blocks, officials stated. A pellet gun and a paintball gun were retrieved from the scene, officials stated.
A suspect drove a white truck down a heavily trafficked bike path in New York City on Thursday.
Just after the event, news footage showed several mangled bicycles on the popular bike path as medics helped to the wounded in the background.
6 individuals were declared dead at the scene and 2 were pronounced dead at the hospital. 11 others were carried to the hospital with severe but non-life-threatening injuries, based on New York Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro.
No other suspects are being searched for, the NYPD stated.
A spokesman for Home Depot verified one of the company’s rental trucks was part of an occurrence in lower Manhattan and stated the company is “cooperating with authorities” in the investigation.
President Donald Trump tweeted that the event “looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person.”
News footage revealed crowds of spectators — some recording the scene with cellphone cameras — collected behind law enforcement lines. A white Home Depot truck with the front end smashed was also noticeable.
Eugene Duffy stated he had just left work at Pier 26 and was waiting on the light to cross West Street when he heard a yell. He believed it could have been a Halloween prank but he stated the scream was bloodcurdling.
“I look down and I see a white pickup truck a couple of more blocks down in the bike path,” he said. “Automatically, I know something’s wrong. Then, as I go down more toward where the girl is screaming, I see two gentlemen laying there and they have tire tracks marked across their bodies. You could tell they both weren’t here.”
He continued to walk closer to the scene. Gunshots rang out. He observed cops ducking for cover. A yellow school bus was smashed close by. Cops descended on the location.
“I thought automatically, this area, I thought it was terrorism,” he stated.
Michael Corbin, the assistant real estate manager for District Council 37, the city’s largest public employees union, was positioned outside the union’s lower Manhattan offices focusing on a woman who slipped and fell on the sidewalk.
“The first responder to the event was a counterterrorism officer,” he stated. “We were attending to the victim, getting her onto a stretcher and, at that moment, we heard gunshots. I recalled hearing five gunshots in quick succession and immediately the officer … left to investigate the situation from the direction we heard the noise coming from.”
An additional witness, Ramon Cruz, detailed what he observed.
“What I saw was that the driver — he didn’t look like he was bleeding,” said Cruz. “He was dragging his foot. He looks frustrated, panicked, confused. People are running past me, saying, ‘He’s got a gun. He’s got a gun.’ I didn’t see any gun.
“It was a white pickup truck. He looked pretty bad without bleeding or anything like that. I didn’t see him hit anybody. All I heard was the impact of a crash.”
Tuesday afternoon on Twitter, a user published an graphic of a person lying on the ground near the scene of an occurrence near West & Chambers Streets in Manhattan.
Two dead by my job pic.twitter.com/NcodvPS7Mq
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